22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.
In 200 BC the Syrians took control of the promised land. About 35 years later the Syrian King took over the temple, erected an idol to Zeus, and offered pigs blood on Jehovah’s altar - defiling the Holy place of Worship.
The enraged Jews revolted, taking back Jerusalem and the temple. They cleaned up the defilement and rededicated the Temple to Jehovah. The word dedication in English is Hannukah in Hebrew. So Hannukah is a celebration of the dedication of the temple to God.
Jesus kept the feast of dedication. Interestingly, He was the temple which would be destroyed and rebuilt in three days. He was dedicated to our eternal Salvation and our dedication is important to Him. He proved His dedication to us at Calvary.
Tonight at sundown begins the feast of dedication or Hannukah. The Jewish people will begin to celebrate this 8-day Festival of Lights by lighting the first candle of the menorah celebrating a special miracle of light during dedication. Let’s celebrate too by worshipping the Light of the world - Jesus Christ our Lord!
(For more info listen to the Sunday school lesson for 12/6 on the sermons tab)